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Government

  • City addresses safety concerns at busy intersection

    Since 2011, 10 accidents have occurred at the busy intersection of Walnut and Second St. in Mount Vernon.

    The latest incident occurred last month, when two vehicles collided at the crossroad, damaging a nearby hair salon and two parked cars.

  • Meet your newly elected local officials

    In upcoming weeks, the Mount Vernon Democrat will profile a different government official in Posey County that was sworn into office this past election.

    It is a way to provide our readers with information about those who serve and represent them.

    Joe Rutledge – MSD of Mount Vernon School Board Member


    What are some of your primary goals in this position?

  • County Commissioners make additional appointments

    The Posey County Commissioners continued their annual appointments last Tuesday by confirming the employment of department heads and local board members. They also supported a measure to place the job of coordinating the county’s GIS efforts.


    Board Appointments

    Jeff Greenwell was appointing to a one-year term on the Coliseum Board, replacing Charlie Seibert after 23 years of service.

  • Meet your newly elected local officials

    In upcoming weeks, the Mount Vernon Democrat will profile a different government official in Posey County that was sworn into office this past election.

    It is a way to provide our readers with information about those who serve and represent them.

    Adam Bigge - County Surveyor


    What are some of your primary goals in this position? How will you better Posey County and its residents?

    I have three primary goals.

  • Commissioners approve Highway Dept. projects

    Posey County residents were updated on temporary road closures for Indiana Dept. of Transportation (INDOT) and construction projects at the Poseyville garage and Mount Vernon office.

  • Commissioners make appointments

    The Posey County Commissioners held their first meeting of the year that was customarily designated to make their annual appointments.

    After handling routine business, the commissioners settled in to approve the majority of openings, while leaving a few for further scrutiny.

    The appointments began with the selection of a new commission president. Jim Alsop was selected.

    The board chose the law office of Van Haaften & Farrar Attorneys At Law as its legal representation.

  • Commissioners approve IT contract

    Most county offices run on the use of a computer. Increases in the use of technology usually means budgeting for those services. Posey County is no different.

    The Posey County Commissioners agreed to a contract extension with Automated Office Solutions (AOS).  According to Auditor Sarah Beth Meighen, there was no cost increase and the terms of the contract are the same as this year’s agreement.

  • Mount Vernon gets new police vehicles, fire truck

    The Board of Works met Dec. 8, where they discussed several issues, including new vehicles for the fire and police department.


    New police vehicles

    The Board approved the purchase of two new police vehicles, including a 2017 Ford SUV.

  • City Council strikes down zoning for new RV park

    The Mount Vernon City Council shot down a proposed ordinance to rezone land owned by Madisonville West Properties from residential zoning to light manufacturing. Madisonville West wanted the property rezoned for a RV campground to be built on the site.

    The Area Plan Commission had passed the rezoning 4-2 at a meeting earlier in the week. M1 and M2 zoning already surround the property, which is located between Kimball and Bluff, on three sides.

  • Insurance to increase for school employees

    Employees of the Mount Vernon school district can expect to pay more for their insurance next year.  

    The school board recently approved a six percent increase to employee insurance premiums that will go into effect at the beginning of 2017. This will result in a $25 to $36 increase in monthly premium costs for individuals, and up to $100 increases per month for family plans.